Thanks to all the folks who helped me out on the food recommendations in Dallas. We were pretty limited by the schedule of the convention and the NCAA championship schedules. Thursday was a rough evening, we started watching voleyball at 6:30 and didn't get done until midnight.
But we did hit a few places:
We started out on Tuesday at Ninfa's, on the I-35E access road. We went there because I came in to town late and the guys who picked me up were famished. I had the chicken soup and it was very good. The broth was tasty and had big chunks of chicken. They added big chunks of avocado and fried tortilla strips. The serving was enormous. My cohorts had carne asada and a one of the combo meals. They all liked it very much.
Tuesday lunch was eaten at the Wyndham Anatole, just to save time. It was quite expensive and not that great, but I expected that.
Tuesday night we went to La Duni, which was recommended by the Chowhounds in Dallas. It was awesome. My large Colombian friend was quite happy to get aguardiente, the anise flavored Colombian drink. We all felt the warmth of that particular liquor. It was very good. We all had the sampler plate and it gave us a nice taste of the cuisine. The plate had yucca fries, arepas, plantains both ripe and green, a couple of other things that I could not identify. Excellent tasting stuff. Most of us had the carne asada, it was quite a huge platter, with plantians, rice, and beans as side dishes. The beef was excellent with an excelent chimichurri sauce. The desserts were amazing. Two of us split the quatro leches cake and it was incredible. In fact, we liked it so much we took another couple of buddies there on Friday night. That nioght I had the house special bife. A much larger cut of meat, I think it was a KC strip marinated in chimichurri. My Colombian also bonded with some of the waiter there, for they were also Colombians.
Lunch on Wednesday was at Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian barbeque place. They had the usual schtick with people coming up to your plate and slicing meat onto it. Even though it is a chain, the meats were incredible. The bottom sirloin, the house special, and the garlic beef were absolutely sublime. One guy loved the parmesian pork, the other loved the filet mignon. We gorged ourselves.
On the way back we found a Colombian place just around the corner from Fogo de Chao. The Colombian place is three months old and serves mainly latinos. They had all the Colombian delights in the menu. We were tempted but we just plain ate too much at Fogo. The place is caled Amigos Colombiano.
Thursday night was a wash because we got back so late. Saturday night was our night out on the town. We, unfortunately, decided to go Tex Mex and we got a recommendation from our hotel. Big mistake. We went to Matt's Rancho Martinez. Very poor choice. Very average food and the meat was very tough. The cheese was velveeta, and the standard fare was pretty much standard. Very very disappointing. The fare at th mercados on our way to Rancho Martinez looked a lot better that the actual Rancho.
Overall we got the lay of the land in Dalls and we did have three excellent meals. it was just our falut that we did not do more with our Dallas recommendations.